‘I don’t know…’ – John Aldridge tries to make sense of Paul Tierney’s display in Liverpool win

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John Aldridge was left baffled by the performance of Paul Tierney and his team of officials in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Both teams had grievances with the referees afterwards, with Oliver Skipp avoiding any sanction for a horrible challenge on Luis Diaz and the Spurs midfielder then taking a kick to the head from Diogo Jota late in the match.

Jurgen Klopp – whose touchline antics have come in for strong criticism (BBC Sport) – also voiced his displeasure with the 42-year-old whistler afterwards, citing previous controversies involving him and the Reds (Sky Sports).

In his column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge wrote: “I could not believe some of the decisions made by Paul Tierney during Sunday’s game between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

“It is well known we have experienced problems in matches involving Tierney in the past, and it was no different at the weekend during our win against Spurs.”

The former Reds striker described Skipp’s lunge on Diaz as ‘a terrible tackle’, albeit not deliberate, and Jota’s contact with the Tottenham midfielder as ‘clumsy’.

Aldridge concluded: “I don’t know what the solution is with Tierney, in terms of whether he could be taken off our games for the time being. 

“Liverpool could make a complaint, but I don’t know how far you could take that. Jurgen doesn’t really come out with the things he did after the game, so is there an issue of some sort for him to be so emotional about it?”

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Although there can be no excusing Klopp for the excessive manner of his angry celebrations towards fourth official John Brooks in the wake of Jota’s winning goal, the Liverpool manager was entitled to feel aggrieved with Tierney and VAR on Sunday.

How none of the officials even called for a foul on Skipp over his awful challenge on Diaz, which would’ve merited a red card, was nothing short of incredulous.

As Aldridge pointed out, this isn’t the first time the Reds have had issues with that particular referee, who neglected to send off Harry Kane for a horrendous foul on Andy Robertson last season and also blew for half-time when Sadio Mane was through on goal against Manchester United two years ago.

We wouldn’t for a minute question Tierney’s integrity, although there’s a worrying pattern of controversies involving him in Liverpool games, and maybe the authorities could do him and us a favour by keeping him away from Reds matches where possible, certainly in the short-term.

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  1. Rose tinted glasses from the Reds as usual. Skippe challenge where he got the ball was not a red card offence. Foot was low and studs were up, like I said he actually got the ball and caught Diaz on the follow through.

    Before Richarlison was wrestled to floor in the Liverpool area Salah was awarded a free kick on the left side just outside Spurs box for alleged holding by Perisic on Salah. If that was holding then surely that’s a pen at the other end.

    No consistency at all!

    Then there is Jota’s high kick, studs showing in Skipp’s face. Blatant red card all day long. Were VAR having a break for both incidents. Truly shocking!

  2. No mention of Richarldson being deliberately held around the waist in the penalty, preventing him from going for the ball. Jota foul, though not deliberate should have resulted ina red card, foot in an unnecessary and dangerous height and studs first, dangerous play likely to cause serious injury.
    Skipp should have been booked but it was not a sending off tackle.

  3. Typically no mention of joba foul on skippy all you Liverpool fans and manager are so self centred it’s unbelievable

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